Top 10 tips for people starting out in canoeing and kayaking

Essential advice for canoeing and kayaking beginners

Canoeing and kayaking is both a great fun activity and an excellent fitness workout, but when starting out in canoeing and kayaking, it’s important to get a grip on some of the basics so that you can participate in a safe manner.

Here are a few canoeing basics to keep you safe on the water when canoeing ...

Top 10 tips for people starting out in canoeing/kayaking
  • Don’t over-estimate your canoeing or kayaking ability.
  • Always tell someone you are about to head out on the water, where you are going and what time you expect to return.
  • Make sure you have good knowledge of the water you are about to paddle on.
  • Check out the water quality before you head out canoeing and kayaking.
  • Avoid capsize drill or ‘rolling’ in stagnant or slow moving water, particularly where rat infestation is obvious.
  • Don’t use canoe and kayak equipment in open water that you are not familiar with.
  • Get permission before canoeing and kayaking onto private property.
  • Avoid wildlife disturbance and environmental damage when canoeing and kayaking.
  • Be considerate to other water users.
  • Avoid being an intrusion on local life when canoeing and kayaking.
  • Always wear a life vest when canoeing and kayaking.

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